International agreement on alternative to Gleason scores

Gleason scores are set to be replaced by a simpler prostate cancer grading system following a consensus meeting of international experts.

The new one-to-five grading system will be easier for doctors to explain and for patients to understand, says Professor James Kench of Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He was member of a panel of 84 prostate cancer clinicians and pathologists who devised the system in 2014.

"In contemporary practice [using the Gleason system], 6 is usually the lowest score given to a prostate cancer,